The best pictures tell an unfinished story, with a sense of place or personality - what, where, when, how. I love painterly colour yet also see strength in black and white form and composition. Maybe too eclectic?
I have used Nikon for ever, and have been digital almost from the beginning. That said, I have rediscovered my Leica, especially for street and black & white. I also love the creative versatility and freedom of the iPhone. Capturing the moment, the story, the context is the key.
Experienced in portrait, street, press and travel.
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I posted this image on flickr yesterday – “Human Scale” – and was amazed to see it rise in the views and favs ranks. 10K views and almost 200 “favs” in less than 24 hrs – a factor of 10 more than I normally get! It was taken on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral earlier this year.
Now, it is always flattering to have one’s images liked, and I guess that is partly why we post to social sites.
That said, I am really at a loss to understand why it has become my second most fav’d image on flickr. It’s a nice picture, with a bit of a story. Still, I honestly don’t think it’s the best I have shot.
I have been a member of flickr since 2005, and I have been a bit intermittent in posting there over the years. The picture of a rainbow that I took in 2003 became my most viewed ever picture (61K views and almost 600 “favs”) very early on, when posted in 2005 – and it’s popularity has never been exceeded since. There were far fewer people on flickr then, so it was a lot easier to get “attention”.
I can see why the rainbow was popular, as it’s not often that one can capture almost the complete arc of a “double” rainbow.
However, does that make it a better picture than the first? Who knows. I sometime think that the more I take photographs, the less I understand what attracts people to the work.
Moral of the story?
Shoot what you like, not what you think others will like!
Human Scale – Leica M-P, Noctilux F/1.0, processed in Silver Efex Pro.
Rainbow – Nikon D1x, 17-35mm Nikkor, Lightroom.
Amazing light behind Woodlands this evening.
HDR from 5 exposures
Nikon D2X 80-200mm lens
ISO 400 .. 1/60 @F3.8 – 1/250@F7.6
Processed in Lightroom & Photoshop